Winter Prep

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Piles of fallen leaves are placed on the dahlia beds to keep them protected from the winter cold. On top of the leaves, I place a large plastic tarp on top to keep them dry. This is the 3rd year for overwintering dahlias and I learned everything from Jennie Love’s blog.

I’m also trying again to overwinter my eucalyptus with a blanket of leaves and low tunnel of fabric. The goal is to keep the eucalyptus stumps from freezing, my south facing hill helps.

We planted 5000 bulbs this year, the most ever! As in years past, we planted into temporary raised beds using rebar, 6″ by 10′ foot boards and lots of compost.

The hardy annual planting is doing well. In October, I transplanted and direct seeded flowers that don’t mind the cold. A nice blanket of snow will keep these plants protected and ready to grow in spring.

The most industrious project this November was the new peony field. This field will have 200 peony blooming and ready for harvest in a few years. I can’t wait to share with our community!

After all the outside tasks have been complete, we are ready to open our Holiday Online Shop. Paperwhites and Amaryllis are perfect gifts. Branches in Birch bring the beauty of the season indoors. Celadon Hill t-shirts are back too!

Order online for pick up or local delivery. Thank you for choosing local and small this holiday season.

Archie has been busy in the field! He’s looking forward to spending his winter in the warm house!

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